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Vanderbilt Names David Williams Athletic Director

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt has named David Williams as athletic director and will hire people to take over some of Williams' other jobs so he can focus on sports.

Chancellor Nick Zeppos announced the new title Thursday at a news conference.

Vanderbilt, the Southeastern Conference's only private university, restructured athletics in 2003 under former chancellor Gordon Gee and merged the athletics department with the rest of the school. Williams has overseen athletics since shortly after the department was merged, but he also has worked as Vanderbilt's general counsel and university secretary while also holding the title of vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics.

Vanderbilt will fill the jobs of general counsel and university secretary. Williams will remain a faculty member at Vanderbilt's law school.

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